The supermarket chain Morrisons will be paying their staff a minimum of £10 per hour from April, for up to 96,000 workers.
Workers who are currently earning £9.20 an hour will get the pay rise after retail trade union Usdaw negotiated the pay rise, making Morrisons the first ever supermarket to pay so much er hour.
The increase in pay will result from changing the company’s annual bonus scheme which will result in approximately a 9% pay rise, which is also 50p an hour above the voluntary Living Wage Foundation rate.
David Potts, Morrisons chief executive said, “It’s a symbolic and important milestone that represents another step in rewarding the incredibly important work that our colleagues do up and down the country.”
Joanne McGuinness, Usdaw national officer after the Morrisons announcement said, “The new consolidated hourly rate is now the leading rate of the major supermarkets.
“It’s been a tough time for food retail staff who have worked throughout the pandemic in difficult circumstances.
“They provide the essential service of keeping the nation fed and deserve our support, respect and appreciation. Most of all they deserve decent pay and this offer is a welcome boost.”